In 1972, I was introduced to "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. This simple story was of a seagull who believed there was more to flying than simply diving for food but rather chose to perfect his flying, stretching his limits to achieve more and more. The little book can be read in less than an hour. The film is set to beautiful music by Neil Diamond, also available on CD.
I went on to read most of Richard Bach's books and gained something from all of them. I just came across this quote in a hypnotherapy book:
"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however."
- Richard Bach (Illusions)
This reminds me of another quote,
"The only place success comes before work is in a dictionary."So, we can dream, we can set goals but then need a plan of action. It is impossible to learn a language without taking classes and copying speakers of that language. It is impossible to become proficient in any skill without practice.
I believe we can achieve anything we set our mind to but it takes inspiration and perspiration on our part. A goal, action and commitment will produce a result.
"Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." - Anthony Robbins
Antonia Stuart-James is an English Hypnotherapist in Belgium.